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Rhino Day / Month 2016 coincides with South African Heritage Day / Month

Rhino Day / Month 2016 coincides with South African Heritage Day / Month

 

September marks Rhino Month in the environment sector and it conincides with World Rhino Day and SA Heritage Day / Month commemoration. South Africa is the home of rhino. The rhino is a key memeber of the big five and is important to our heritage. 

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Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Notice

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Notice

 

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) hereby informs all interested stakeholders of its intention to conduct a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to facilitate sustainable aquaculture development by promoting responsible and integrated decision-making and by identifying suitable areas where aquaculture can be incentivised.

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Notice to the Paper and Packaging; Electrical and Electronic Equipment; and Lighting Industries

Notice to the Paper and Packaging; Electrical and Electronic Equipment; and Lighting Industries


 

Minister Edna Molewa has published a notice to the Paper and Packaging; Electrical and Electronic Equipment; and Lighting Industries to prepare and submit Waste Management Plans for approval under sections 28(1) and 28(5) of the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, 2008 (Act no.59 of 2008), in Government Gazette no: 40207.

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National registration of operations that breed appendix-I animal species for non-commercial purposes

National registration of operations that breed appendix-I animal species for non-commercial purposes

 


The Department of Environmental Affairs, working together with the provincial nature conservation authorities has begun a process of registering all breeders who breed Appendix I species for international trade purposes.

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Draft Biennial Update Report-2 and draft 5th GHG inventory for public comments

Draft Biennial Update Report-2 and draft 5th GHG inventory for public comments

 

Minister Edna Molewa has published the draft Second Biennial Update Report (BUR-2) and the draft 5th Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) for public comments. Members of the public are invited to submit comments to the Minister before or on 14 October 2016.

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South Africa’s 1st Annual Climate Change Report

South Africa’s 1st Annual Climate Change Report


 

The objective of this report is to communicate the progress and lessons learnt in tracking South Africa’s transition towards a climate resilient society and a lower carbon economy. This report aims to target people and institutions involved in policy aspects of climate change.

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CITES CoP17 Conference

CITES CoP17 Conference

 

The COP17 affords Africa and South Africa in particular an opportunity to showcase our rich biodiversity and successful conservation initiatives. This includes our sustainable use management practices, which have resulted in South Africa being one of the leading conservation countries today. 

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28 September 2016 - South Africa’s proposal to transfer the Cape Mountain Zebra (Equus zebra zebra) from Appendix I to Appendix II has been adopted at the 17th Conference of Parties (COP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) currently underway in Johannesburg.


26 September 2016 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs Dr Edna Molewa, has congratulated the Department’s Environmental Management Inspectorate (Green Scorpions), stationed at O.R Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) working together with Customs, the security company employed by the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) as well as the Hawks for the arrest of a suspected rhino horn smuggler on the 24th of September 2016.


26 September 2016 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, H.E Sommad Pholsena, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field of Biodiversity Conservation and Protection, yesterday, 25 September 2016.


25 September 2016  - The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, will have exhibitions and workshops open to members of the public for free, from tomorrow, 26 September 2016 until the 5th of  October 2016. 


24 September 2016 - I am honoured to welcome you to our shores as you gather this week, to discuss very important issues pertaining to the regulation of international trade in wildlife. The CITES is an important agreement between governments as it regulates international trade in wild fauna and flora.